Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Slow Cooker Russian Beef and Potatoes

Reasons I love my Crock Pot:
- I can prepare a healthy dinner in the morning when I've got the focus and energy.
- Whoever is home while it's cooking enjoys the aroma of slow-roasted food.
- Most or all parts of the meal being prepared in one location means fewer dishes to clean up.

Reason I love my Crock Pot even more on Tuesday:
- I appreciate being greeted by a ready meal when I return home from what I know will be a full day.

I'm hard pressed to think of a day that I don't like to get dinner planned and prepped early. But days like today, when I'm looking at a calendar that includes a homeschool co-op meet-up, a fall festival, gymnastics class, and a trip to the store for Halloween candy and costume supplies, I know that by the time I get home, I will not find great joy in making dinner. This is a bummer because I really do like to cook for my little family.

Because my kitchen is not currently stocked with many fresh veggies, today is a super simple slow-cooker day. I'm going with the most basic items: meat and potatoes. When I return home this evening, I'll toss a bag of frozen California mixed vegetables on the stove top to steam, and we'll have a quickly prepared, colorful, and tasty dinner.

Here's what's going into the slow cooker this morning:
1.5 lbs small baking potatoes, whole
1/4 cup butter
1 lb boneless beef sirloin
A heavy sprinkling of Penzeys Tsar Dust Memories Russian Style Seasoning

(This is approximately double the amount of butter I typically use in the slow cooker, but it's also about half the vegetables that I typically put in, so I want to make sure there are enough juices.)

This is going to be good.

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